Raising cash to put ten new LGV drivers on the road

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 8 Feb 2018

A GRIMSBY LGV training school is looking to raise funds so that it can help train ten new drivers, by removing the financial barrier that often puts people off.

JM Trucking Ltd is launching its new fundraising initiative Project 15:10 as it hopes to raise £15,000 so that it can help potential LGV drivers achieve their dream.

Organiser Jamie Wright is hoping to raise money for the project through a number of different methods including competitions, crowd funding, sponsored activities, the generosity of the general public and even a sky dive.

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He is also seeking nominations from potential drivers to join the project, as long as they are over 18, have a provisional licence and have already passed the theory and hazard perception tests, so that training can start straight away after selection.

Once a final shortlist of applicants has been drawn up, the public will then have an opportunity to help select who will take part in the project, with Jamie asking applicants to develop a short video explaining why they feel they should be selected, with the public then voting on the winners.

Project 15:10 will provide training in all classes of LGVs, and already a number of employment opportunities have been provided by sponsors, so that whoever is successful can immediately start into the world of work.

Jamie says that he was inspired to start the project because there is currently a huge shortage of LGV drivers in the UK, with 52,000 new ones needed to combat that.

However, he has found that often people are put off from attempting to get an LGV licence due to the expense of the training process.

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He said: “There is currently a huge shortage of LGV drivers across the country, and I have often found that many people who are interested in starting the licence can be put off due to the costs that are involved with training and tests.

“In order to try to combat that here in Grimsby I am starting Project 15:10 so that we can train ten new LGV drivers without them having to incur the costs of training.

“The project will allow them to be trained in all of the LGV classes and fully prepare them for the world of work ahead of them.

“I would like to thank KA Transportation for their donations so far and for making job opportunities available to all successful applicants, also thanking Evans European Transport LTFD and K Graves Health and Safety Services for their help.”

The final date for applications to be submitted for Project 15:10 is February 28, with the final shortlist of applicants being announced on March 31.

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